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February 18, 2016

Juvenile Lifers Receive a Second Chance

Juvenile offenders who were previously sentenced to mandatory life without parole may now seek resentencing by a trial court. A January 2016 decision by the Supreme Court in Montgomery v Louisiana now allows juvenile offenders to appeal their life without parole sentence. This ruling is particularly contentious here in Pennsylvania as current PA law does not allow those sentenced to Life in Prison to be eligible for parole. Moving forward, Pennsylvania will need to catch up to the latest Supreme Court ruling, and must now handle the hundreds of petitions for relief filed by juvenile lifers.

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February 4, 2016

Making A Murderer: Criminal Justice In Popular Culture

Making a Murderer, the new documentary series from the popular streaming site Netflix has ignited a firestorm of national conversation about the criminal justice system in America.  Exploring the controversial and confusing case of Steven Avery, filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have raised questions about the responsibilities of prosecutors and police and captured the attention of America.

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October 26, 2015

Drunk…But Not Driving

Many college students may think that if they drink in their rooms or at parties within walking distance from their dorms, they are safe from being charged with alcohol-related crimes because they are not driving. While it’s true that drunk driving is one of the biggest alcohol-related crimes a person can be charged with, it’s certainly not the only one. Many people overlook other criminal activities that could have serious consequences for their futures. 

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October 16, 2015

Danger on the Highways: Sleep Deprived Tractor Trailer Truckers

Commercial trucking companies make money through the delivery of goods in a fast and expedient manner. Interstate Route 80, which is utilized by countless tractor trailer truck drivers each year to carry cargo from the east coast to the west coast, runs directly through Centre County. Unfortunately, countless Centre County and State College residents are involved in tractor trailer truck accidents that in most instances are avoidable, had the tractor trailer company not put profits over safety.

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October 12, 2015

Drug Dogs and Traffic Stops

A traffic stop can put fear in the average driver for a variety of reasons. At first, it may be unclear why an officer pulled you over. Were you speeding or swerving in and out of lanes? Did you miss a turn signal or stop sign? Is one of your taillights out? As we all know, even a minor infraction like a blinking light can warrant a traffic stop and from there, you are at the mercy of the officer who pulled you over.

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October 8, 2015

Good Samaritan Policy in Pennsylvania

Sometimes Penn State students students drink too much, and friends resist calling for help due to concerns about being cited with an underage drinking violation. But what people don’t always know is that Pennsylvania Good Samaritan laws make exceptions for people who call to seek medical assistance for someone experiencing alcohol poisoning.

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September 29, 2015

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Seek Expansion of "Revenge Porn" Law

Just over a year ago, Pennsylvania joined over 25 states in passing what is commonly known as “revenge porn” laws.   Generally, these laws criminalize the dissemination of explicit photographs by former romantic partners.  Now, with the Pennsylvania law on the books for less than a year, state lawmakers are considering expanding the law.  

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September 28, 2015

Motorcycle Accidents

Many people consider motorcycles to be unsafe — they’re too fast and unprotected, and they’re risky for those who use them and who share the road with them. It is true that when a motorcycle and a car collide, the motorcycle usually bears the brunt of the damage and the bike rider typically sustains more severe injuries.

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September 23, 2015

Penn State THON Canning Tips to Stay Safe

With Penn State’s Annual Dance Marathon kicking off its first official canning weekend this weekend, we wanted to remind students of the importance of staying safe and following the law. Check out these tips below.

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